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First COVID-19 Omicron case detected in the US
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First COVID-19 Omicron case detected in the US

First Omicron case confirmed in CA. The individual was fully vaccinated.

Where: CA

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On December 1st, the CDC confirmed that the first COVID-19 case caused by the new Omicron variant has been detected in the US, in California.

The University of California, San Francisco performed genomic sequencing of the sample, and the CDC confirmed that the sequence was consistent with that of the new Omicron variant.

The individual tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from South Africa on November 22nd. The individual was fully vaccinated but hadn’t received a booster shot.

According to the CDC, the individual had experienced mild symptoms that are now improving.

Authorities have contacted all close contacts of the individual, and so far, all have tested negative for COVID-19.

President Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, stated, “…we knew that it was just a matter of time before the first case of Omicron would be detected in the United States.”

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